'Koji Sawai Kōji Sawai (澤井 幸次 Sawai Koji?, sometimes credited as Kouji Sawai) is a Japanese anime director and artist. He primarily works alongside his friend Koichi Mashimo and studio Bee Train but has also done work for other studios.


Koji Sawai was born on September 14, 1955, in Tokyo Japan. While attending Tokyo University, Sawai had ambitions to become a mangaka and would later join Tatsunoko Productions as an artist and director, which would include working with Koichi Mashimo on The Irresponsible Captain Tylor, as well as other projects. After serving two years he left Tatsunoko to become a freelance director and has been working since.


Year Anime Job
1985 Shōwa Ahōzoshi Akanuke Ichiban! director
1986 Maison Ikkoku storyboard artist
1987 The Real Ghost Busters storyboard artist
1988 F director, script
1989 Mobile Police Patlabor animation director
1990 Ranma 1/2 episode director, script, storyboard
1993 The Irresponsible Captain Tylor episode director, storyboard
1994 The Irresponsible Captain Tylor (OAV) episode director, storyboard (co-director Koichi Mashimo)
2002 .hack//Sign episode director, storyboards
2003 Avenger episode director, storyboard
.hack//Legend of the Twilight director, sound director, storyboards
Trigun Artist management
Wolf's Rain episode director
Immortal Grand Prix storyboard
2004 Madlax episode director, storyboards
Trigun artist management
2005 Tsubasa Chronicle (first season) episode director, storyboards
2006 .hack//Roots episode director, storyboards
Spider Riders episode director, storyboards
Tsubasa Chronicle (second season) storyboards
2007 El Cazador de la Bruja episode director, storyboards
Spider Riders: Yomigaeru Taiyou director
2008 .hack//G.U. Returner storyboard
Blade of the Immortal episode director, storyboard artist
2009 Phantom ~Requiem for the Phantom~ episode director, storyboards
2010 Halo Legends segment director and storyboard artist: "Homecoming" (co-director Koichi Mashimo) [1]


  1. "Halo Legends". Retrieved 2009-10-26. 

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